Devonshire West – A Proud History and a Bright Future event

Sunday 25 September 4-6.30pm

You are invited to a free presentation portraying the social history of Eastbourne in lovely old photographs at Eastbourne’s Hippodrome theatre.

Devonshire West Big Local is hosting a free event on Sunday 25 September 4-6.30pm. The event will start with an informal welcome including light refreshments.

Local history enthusiast Alan Wenham will be making a special presentation of our area’s past using scores of lovely old photographs.

Hear about:

* Our courageous fishermen
* The massive smuggling industry
* The Roman Villa
* The Seaplane factory and the Aerodrome
* The Salvation Army Riots
* The Victorian Seaside Holiday
* Enterprising business people

We live in the most fascinating part of Eastbourne. Looking back a hundred years or more, this area has always been so full of character – and characters!

Booking your free place

If you wish to attend, you can turn up at the Hippodrome on the afternoon. However, we recommend that you do book. This will give you a choice of seat and help us plan for refreshments. 

You can book online at royalhippodrome.com/shows/details/2/515.html or by phoning the Hippodrome box office on 01323 80 20 20. 


We are currently recruiting for a part-time administrator and part-time community development officer, in partnership with Devonshire West Big Local (DWBL) 3VA.

The deadline for application for both positions is Friday 12 August.

See below for further details including a job description and application form.


Community Development Officer – (21 hours) Salary: NJC Scale 28 £24,472 (pro rata)

Working with the DWBL 3VA, this post provides support for the delivery of the Devonshire West Big Local project, and works to engage local people in the Devonshire West Big Local vision and plan. This post will involve some evening and weekend work.

Job description (to download, right click)

Application form (to download, right click)

For further information or questions, please contact us on 01323 639373 or email sheila.lindsey@3va.org.uk.

Closing Date: Friday 12 August 2016

Interview Date:  Week commencing 22 August 2016


Administrator – (21 hours) Salary: NJC Scale 28 £17,372 (pro rata)

The post-holder will be employed by 3VA but seconded to the Devonshire West Big Local (DWBL) project to assist the DWBL community development worker to deliver the aims and objectives of DWBL by providing administrative support to the DWBL board. The post will include some evening and occasional weekend working.

Job description (to download, right click)

Application form (to download, right click)

For further information or questions, please contact us on 01323 639373 or email sheila.lindsey@3va.org.uk.

Closing Date: Friday 12 August 2016

Interview Date:  Week commencing 22 August 2016

Community Newsletter Issue 20 - front cover04/05/16 – LATEST NEWSLETTER

Click here for the latest DWBL newsletter that includes details of all the recent grants.


Or, click below for the links to relevant pages on this website:

Round 3 Community Grants [Spring 2016]

Community Facilities Funding [Spring 2016]

Major Capital Awards [2016]

Interview: Community toilets for our area

Interview: Local ethical banking comes to Devonshire West

NEW: Micro grant scheme

EVENT: Play in the Park 31/05/16

Community Noticeboard



The latest batch of lottery cheques were given out at the Big Local grant fair on April 27. Sixteen projects in Devonshire West were selected for funding by the resident-led team.

Upcoming activities include youth theatre, pottery and music workshops, a sensory play club and a music appreciation group for the over 50s. There will be another multicultural costume competition in the summer; free football on Seaside Rec will continue, and there will be a training programme for young volunteers.

There were also contributions towards the Seaside Rec fun day on August 7 and the printing of children’s fun sheets for the “East of the Pier Heritage Trail”.

Adrian Ley, the finance officer for the Big Local board, said: “It is a pleasure to be able to support such a wide range of projects and we are looking forward to seeing the whole community enjoying the activities.”

There were also some grants towards improvements in the area. Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society got money for new gates and lighting; there will be new noticeboards at Seaside Rec, and a fishy mosaic will be laid down in Seahouses Square to reflect the Curling Fountain.

“We are also delighted to announce that there will be two major capital awards later this year,” Adrian continued. “One will be towards new play equipment at Seaside Rec, and another towards the development of the Devonshire Collective, a hub of venues forming an exciting and vibrant creative strip in Devonshire West.”

“These will both bring significant improvements and opportunities to the area which we believe are responding to the issues raised during our local consultations in 2012 and 2013.”

For more details on all the awards, click here.




Grant FAIR poster R3 - squareRound 3 Community Grants Fair:

Wednesday 27th April 2016, 6.30pm @ The Crown & Anchor

Come along to find out where the third chunk of money is going.

24/03/16 Round 3 of the Community Grants Scheme has now closed for applications.

All the bids are being studied carefully and the DWBL Board will make the award decisions on Wednesday 6th April.

We’ll keep you posted!




Credit Union Mar 2016 rev a16/03/16: EAST SUSSEX CREDIT UNION

Drop-in “help point” sessions now at Devonshire Children’s Centre on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm.

Funded by DWBL.

Click here.


Issue 18 of our newsletter is now published, including pics from grant activities at the end of last year,  interviews with two local people who are working on brilliant new “Community Interest Companies” and the map of all the 2015 grants.

Paper copies can be picked up from Leaf Hall, Devonshire Children’s Centre, Felix & Scarlett’s Dancewear, the Crown & Anchor, WayfinderWoman, 3VA and the Royal Hippodrome. If you could be a stockist, please get in touch.

Click here for the online version.